The Grand Old Partisan of Illinois

Friday, December 22, 2006

Durbin’s Schiavo/Johnson Strawman

From today's Daily Herald:

It was ironic that some of the same people that were arguing for Terri Schiavo after 15 years in a somewhat vegetative state should live on, were pronouncing Tim Johnson a goner after 15 hours and brain surgery.”

Yes, that would be ironic, if only it were true.

I challenge Mr. Durbin (or his apologists) to cite one prominent advocate for continuing Ms. Schiavo’s life-support who 'pronounced' that Mr. Johnson would likely either die or be unable to return to the Senate. (Of course, I acknowledge that some did join in the rather widespread speculation of what might happen if that were to occur.)

Mr. Durbin is right to say that the Schiavo episode “had more to do with politics than it did with medicine.” But Mr. Durbin’s transparent attempt to drum up indignation over some imaginary hypocrites on the other side of the aisle doesn't make him much better. To whatever extent Congressional Republican leaders are guilty of having exploited Ms. Schiavo’s situation for their partisan gain, Mr. Durbin is equally guilty of exploiting Mr. Johnson’s for his.


  • Durbin sounded really weird here... really weird.

    By Blogger Bill Baar, at 22/12/06 9:22 AM  

  • Dick Durbin is a crass Dem hack, never more so than here.

    By Blogger Anne, at 22/12/06 4:08 PM  

  • As anne said, our senior Senator is a hack but one who alwyas tries to sound calm, reassuring and reasonable as he slides the shiv into the spine.

    This was an attempt to make a controversy and color an opponent where there really was no cause. Curiouser and curiouser. If only the Illinois GOP would field a real opposition candidate.

    By Anonymous Scott Mesick, at 23/12/06 10:05 AM  

  • The wife has power of atty in this case. Terry Schiavo's husband had power of atty.

    I hope Johnsons wife does not keep this guy on life support just for the Democrats. But I know the GOP will supporting his right to live just as they did Terry Schiavo.

    By Blogger Milton, at 1/1/07 4:01 PM  

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